Dragon Pumpkin Stencil

With tongues of flickering flames spouting from this dragon's mouth (and real candle-flame flickering in the background), this spikey-headed dragon pumpkin is an impressive addition to any Halloween porch display. Just make sure little costumed knights don't try to slay it! Log in to BHG.com to grab our free stencil.

If this serpent's long, winding torso is too tall for your pumpkin, there's an easy fix -- print out the stencil pattern, then resize it with a photocopier to fit. Alternatively, you could buy a taller pumpkin to carve your dragon and use your smaller pumpkin for pie. We're certain your family wouldn't mind!

To carve:

1. Cut out the base of your pumpkin and scoop out the slimy innards. Scrape the pumpkin flesh thinnest on the side you're planning to carve; no thicker than 1" is preferable.

2. Attach your printed stencil to the pumpkin with tape. Poke along stencil lines with a pin tool, pricking into the pumpkin's surface. Keep pin pricks closely spaced.

3. Remove the stencil and etch areas within dotted lines on the printed stencil. To etch, use a scraper tool to peel off the pumpkin's top layer.

4. Carve areas within solid lines on the printed stencil.

5. Add a lit candle to your pumpkin's interior.

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